I don’t think we ever feel like that. u/TallSaint. It was a whirlwind period, wonderfully captured in the documentary Mistaken For Strangers, starring and directed by Berninger’s brother Tom. I was married, I had a baby and I was an entirely different person. High Violet, the new full-length record by the National, is a nervy, melodic, explosive and beautiful set of songs that find the band at the height of their collaborative powers. The National turn 20 this year. “You empathise and get inside their soul a little bit. And guess what? Michael Stipe teased us saying, ‘Why don’t you guys just write a pop song? Government had got so brutal and disgusting with Bush and even Clinton. Why don’t you write a radio hit?’ We were like, ‘We’ve been trying since day one! The National Zilker Park, Oct. 10 ... starting off with the low-key "Anybody's Ghost" off the new High Violet. On ‘Afraid Of Everyone’ he sings: “With my kid on my shoulders I try not to hurt anybody I like – but I don’t have the drugs to sort it out”. The five-piece rock band formed in 1999 originally released the album in 2010. [ September 8, 2020 ] RYAN MCMULLAN presents: The Napoleon Sessions Live at the Limelight! The National formed in 1999 in Berninger’s native Cincinnati, Ohio before they moved to New York. Of all the indie rock bands to emerge from New York City at the turn of the millennium, only a … But at the time [it was] hard to have any perspective on it.”, “Meeting Obama seemed more important than being on any big stage”. Matt Berninger is calling from lockdown in his home in California. “We’d just come off tour with R.E.M.,” remembers Berninger. “Sometimes something forces you to shut down for a while,” says Berninger of his run of bad luck, “and you come back and it’s an opportunity to remember why you’re doing this.”. High Violet was the National’s moment in all of this. They’re still playing the long game and winning, with family and friendship at their core. The searching for who I was going to be – and trying to figure out who I used to be – was all part of that process. 2007’s stately and opulent ‘Boxer’ was showered with acclaim, but the indie darlings were still far from the arena-filling heights of many of their peers. Official website of The National. You just pose, you absorb and you try. America is finally going to stand up and be what it’s claimed and promised for so long but hasn’t been’. And all it took was friendship, fatherhood and advice from Michael Stipe. Even from this distance, though, he finds it “hard to tell” if he really enjoyed the original ‘High Violet’ shows as much as you might expect. “Meeting Obama seemed more important than being on any big stage,” says Berninger. Whatever’s wrong in your heart or in your life, the record absorbs it like a sponge. We shed our skins, we change, we evolve. Berninger has just inked a record deal for his debut solo album ‘Serpentine Prison’ (literally – he signed the contract when NME reminded him on the phone). I wanted to be a rock star. “I have so many songs about trying to find out who I am. The album reached Number Five in the UK and Number Three on the US Billboard 100. The National. 10 years ago, The National enjoyed something of an Indian summer. The release of "High Violet" in 2010 saw them reach the biggest achievements of their career - hitting the top 5 across the UK, US and Canada. The music is wide-ranging in its moods, by turns intimate and rough, expansive and spare, full of stark angles and atmosphere. Moderators. This, alongside successful support tours with artists like R.E.M., set them on the path to their current popularity. The National release the 10th anniversary expanded edition of ‘High Violet’ on June 19. These were shot at Radio City Music Hall, Prospect Park, The Wellmont Theater, The Studio @ Webster Hall, The High Violet Annex, Philadelphia Academy of Music, Beacon Theatre and Coachella. © 2020 NME is a member of the media division of BandLab Technologies. The National have announced they will be releasing a 10-year anniversary expanded edition of their 2010 album High Violet, on June 19th, 2020. “Another thing that Michael Stipe told us was: ‘Remember you were friends first’. You’ve got all that shit going on but then you get into the studio and the record is how you connect it all back together again. The band produced the album themselves assisted by Peter Katis with whom they worked on their previous albums Alligator and Boxer at their own studio in Brooklyn, New York, and at Katis’ Tarquin Studios in Bridgeport, Connecticut. In typical National fashion, they couldn’t simply savour the taste of success. Pennebaker and Chris Hegudus, Monday at 5 … Tickets purchased online … High Violet is the fifth studio album by The National, which was released on May 10, 2010 in Europe and on May 11, 2010 in North America via 4AD. The National - Official website. The band produced the album themselves assisted by Peter Katis with whom they worked on their previous albums Alligator and Boxer at their own studio in Brooklyn, New York, and at Katis’ Tarquin Studios in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The National 2020 - 2021 Tour Dates for their current Tour! We never feel like we achieved what we wanted to do.”. The sculpture on the album cover was created by artist Mark Fox, and is called The Binding Force. ‘High Violet’ was us following all of Michael’s advice.”, “Michael Stipe teased us saying, ‘Why don’t you guys just write a pop song’?”, Feeling “happy but depleted and desperate for this record to be good”, they started work, then swiftly halted. High Violet is the fifth studio album by the National, which was released on May 10, 2010 in Europe and on May 11, 2010 in North America via 4AD. The band endured a prolonged period of obscurity from their 2001 self-titled debut album and 2003’s underrated follow-up ‘Sad Songs For Dirty Lovers’; while The Strokes were scoring touchdowns for NYC’s garage rock revival scene, The National were stuck on the bench. “We knew that we hadn’t fucked up and we knew we weren’t finished. “We always fought, and we fought so much while making ‘Boxer’ to the point where it had gotten unhealthy,” admits Berninger. Fully aware of their status as a ‘grower band’ (though Berninger laughs that “that always felt like an underhanded compliment”), they set about writing some songs that would connect straight away and on a huge scale. Featuring art-rock and indie-rock sounds, the album includes some of their most popular now-classics such as Bloodbuzz Ohio. In the Obama years, he says, the US exuded “a sense of enlightenment, optimism and possibility”. It seems that The National frontman is in the perfect mood to take stock and look back over the last decade for the upcoming 10th anniversary of the band’s breakthrough album ‘High Violet’. I really wanted to so bad.”. “Seeing a band that good continue to exist and evolve for that long made us realise that we had to go for that. As promised, the new National album is streaming at the NY Times website now (down the left side next to the article). United in their vision and ambition, The National would finish what might still be their most cohesive and complete album to date. Either way, the band’s real ‘pinch me’ moment arrived in September 2010, when they were invited to perform to 25,000 people before a speech from Barack Obama at a rally in Wisconsin. On ‘England’ he addresses a missed loved one (“You must be somewhere in London, you must be loving your life in the rain”) and on ‘Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks’ he makes the startling observation that “all the very best of us  string ourselves up for love”. I’ve had manifest delusion since I was a kid. Perfectly measured and never overblown, ‘High Violet’ is the victorious sound of a band reaching ever upwards. His vices of weed and wine are now more an aid to help him slip into the songs, rather than a crutch for anxiety and self-awareness. Why did ‘High Violet’ strike such a chord? While it’s tempting to trace that thread throughout his life, though, he insists: “I’m entirely different to the man I was when I made ‘High Violet’. “Now I’m playing in front of these big crowds and realise how much more significant they are than having a few photos with Obama. The band produced the album themselves, assisted by Peter Katis with whom they worked on their previous albums Alligator and Boxer at their own studio in Brooklyn, New York, and at Katis' Tarquin Studios in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The introverts opened up and brightened the corners of their black post-punk sound. Already exhausted from recently becoming a father, Berninger was struck down by a nasty bout of flu – and then his grandmother died. Any band featuring two sets of brothers (twin guitarists Aaron and Bryce Dessner and drummer and bassist Bryan and Scott Devendorf) is going to have to deal with more tension than most. I was also wondering if I’d make art and music for the rest of my life. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the 2020 Purple/Clear Split Vinyl release of High Violet (10th Anniversary Expanded Edition) on Discogs. It was the kind of reaction reserved for one of those very special records. “We loved the record when it was done,” says Berninger, “but whole career was just a series of moments of going, ‘We’ve made it! I don’t think any of us did. (Though as he sagely notes with that familiar social-distancing-induced Groundhog Day confusion: “Does time even matter any more?”.). The band are raising money for their touring crew during lockdown here. Message the mods. The National still don’t have a hit to their name. The National to Release High Violet 10th Anniversary Edition With Bonus Tracks Coronavirus: Here’s Every Musician Who Has Canceled Tour Dates So Far [UPDATING] Reviews \ I couldn’t play piano, but I wanted to be Tom Waits, I wanted to be Leonard Cohen, I wanted to be Nick Cave. u/elephantgun42. Lyrically, Berninger reels through his usual themes of “trying to figure out who you are and if home is a place”. We don’t know how!’ He told us, ‘If you’re going to be in a band that lasts a long time, you either have to write a lot of hits or none at all’. It sounded like a coronation. The National are reissuing High Violet to mark the 10th anniversary of the release. Stipe was right. There was an indiegasm across the internet when the anniversary gigs were announced along with the deluxe vinyl reissue. After a long to-and-fro about how the coronavirus crisis is taking its toll on the physical, mental and societal health of America, he admits that the necessary quarantine has given him “the opportunity to process, slow down and chew on everything in a different way instead of chasing this one upward trajectory”. Matt Berninger is now the polymath rock star he would pose as back when he was a kid. But first they had to iron out some of the creases in their creative process. Released 11 May 2010 on 4AD (catalog no. Rated #16 in the best albums of 2010, and #1970 of all-time album.. They’re killing the mainstream right now and if that’s depressing for the lifers, at least it reminds you how smart you are. The triple LP package includes a third LP which … The National are rousing-rock sad sacks in a time-honored tradition: Joy Division, the Cure, Nick Cave. 2010’s ‘High Violet’ was a landmark record for the band, elevating them from cult curiosity to chart-bothering festival headliners. On the plane back to the funeral, his eardrum burst under the cabin pressure, leaving him unable to hear in his right ear for a while. In the words of the NME review at the time, ‘High Violet’ was a sign of the band finally becoming “fully grown-up, coloured in and going overground”. “We’d been a band for 10 years and were exhausted through all the conflict – personal conflict, creative conflict, touring life, living on a bus together for so long. In addition, The National will stream The National - High Violet Live From the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), a film directed by D.A. High Violet is the fifth studio album by The National, which was released on May 10, 2010 in Europe and on May 11, 2010 in North America via 4AD. That pops up in our heads all the time. We wanted to reach everybody. The venues got bigger, the cult grew stronger and the music press lapped up the ‘nearly-men done good’ narrative. The National, High Violet (4AD, 2010) Credits Taking a cue from NPR's Exclusive First Listen Series, The New York Times is getting into the streaming-album-preview game, choosing The National's High On March 10, 2010, the band performed "Terrible Love", the lead track from High Violet, on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. On March 24, the band released "Bloodbuzz Ohio", the first single from the album, for free download at the official High Violet website. “Looking back now, the beginning of an eight-year Obama presidency – compared to what we’ve been living through now with four years of a fascist… I mean – wow, talk about perspective.”. I think that’s a thread I always walk along”, “I have so many songs about trying to find out who I am, Berninger says. Genres: Indie Rock. High Violet is specific and exquisite and if The National were already your thing, you basically knew two years ago how it’d sound. 10 years later and what’s going on in the White House now seems more backward and “gross” than ever imaginable. If they’re coming to your neck of the woods, you should definitely go see them. You can feel this shift from first notes of opener ‘Terrible Love’: it’s there in the Dessners’ genius sonic textures, which are as rich as ever, but this time with a little more warmth, lift and release. You get out there and do your best.”, Matt Berninger of The National perform onstage during Bonnaroo 2010 (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic). CAD3X03CD; CD). ‘High Violet’, with a title inspired by overhearing talk of the threat levels in New York after 9/11 (‘high orange’ being the most severe), was the crystallisation of all that they’d previously sought to master – but with a more accessible sheen. Q named it their album of 2010 and the band flew off on a vast world tour that would see them play iconic stages such as Glastonbury Festival, the Royal Albert Hall, Radio City Music Hall and Massey Hall. The second you do, it’s over. I had been in New York for over 10 years [when we wrote ‘High Violet’], and I definitely felt I wasn’t in Ohio any more. Heading into their fifth album, The National had to figure out who they were, and who they wanted to be. All the things we needed were always there in good songs.”. The National are set to release a remastered version of their iconic album High Violet to celebrate its tenth anniversary.. Anyone’s Ghost (Live at Brooklyn Academy of Music), England (Live at Brooklyn Academy of Music). Includes The National's current concert schedule and past tour dates for your convenience! They headlined the second stage at Latitude Festival 2010, with momentum swelling to such an extent that they returned to headline the main stage the following year. With their fifth set, perhaps the sad-sackiest … The National kicks off the U.S. leg of their tour to support High Violet this Friday in Los Angeles. A decade in, The National had finally graduated, and they’d done it without compromise. on Saturday 19th September 2020 Gigs [ September 8, 2020 ] ALBUM REVIEW: FatNick – This Is Not A Chiptune Album Reviews [ September 8, 2020 ] STEPS return with brand new album & 14-date arena tour Gigs [ September 7, 2020 ] PALACE announce ‘Someday, Somewhere’ EP, out October 23rd New music We all have the capacity to become whatever we want.”. 10 years ago, The National enjoyed something of an Indian summer. On May 15, 2020, The National will release the 10-year anniversary deluxe edition of their 2010 album High Violet. The NME Big Read: The National – “Sex, death and losing – what else is there?”, a record deal for his debut solo album ‘Serpentine Prison. The National now rub shoulders with Arcade Fire and The Strokes as a bonafide indie institution. The agutierrezb 2019 record collection challenge So I've decided to embark on my own personal challenge, which consists of listening every record in my collection before the end of the year. The National. ... including advice given by Michael Stipe during the 2008 tour where the National opened for R.E.M. I Am Easy To Find. “All the songs I’ve ever loved are fluid enough for me to sink into them and be the character,” Berninger replies. “I think that’s a thread I always walk along. The record may feature guest spots from indie glitterati such as Sufjan Stevens, Bon Iver‘s Justin Vernon, and Arcade Fire‘s Richard Reed Parry, but they never distract from the record itself. The National have announced that they'll be releasing their seminal 2010 album 'High Violet' on vinyl for the first time – and will celebrate by livestreaming a special show from the era tonight. We wanted to be a big band. Did we feel like we’d ‘arrived’? The world's defining voice in music and pop culture since 1952. Never. Infobox. As well as writing songs constantly, he’s also working on a sitcom TV adaptation of Mistaken For Strangers with his brother and Besser, as well as a sequel to the original film. The National - High Violet. the national: high violet tour A gallery of images from 2010-2011. High Violet was released on May 11, 2010 in the U.S. to widespread critical acclaim. Oh, no we haven’t!’ Never count your fucking chickens. ‘High Violet’ spoke loudly to the latest generation of kids who were never picked for the football team, who saw their own story in The National’s tale of geeks longing to be heard. At that point we were like, ‘Oh shit, maybe we’re safer going down the none at all route…’”, But, he continues, “I didn’t want that. With a number songs written with wife, longtime collaborator and former fiction editor at The New Yorker Carin Besser, the issues of family, time, movement, and the impact of fatherhood weigh heavy on his mind throughout the record. The band's fifth album catapulted them from indie darlings to festival headliners. Later, you play it again and all of that emotion comes out again. Take a moment to reflect on that. High Violet, the National’s lush masterpiece of grit and sorrow, turns 10 this year. High Violet, an Album by The National. Berninger admits that “touring was really hard until about five or six years ago”, adding he used to “battle” within himself on stage, but is now far more comfortable in his own skin and less “emotionally wrought”. If they weren’t separated and trapped in their homes right now, The National would be prepping to celebrate ‘High Violet’ by playing it in full at a run of shows peppering the schedule for the final lap of their tour for their acclaimed eighth album, 2019’s ‘I Am Easy To Find’. At the same time, there was so much division. The National 'High Violet' 10 Year Anniversary LP Out Now Jun 20, 2020 The National Release Never Before Seen Concert Film 'Guilty Party: Basilica Hudson' It me happy, then sad, then happy it captures the sadness so honestly ... Sleep Well Beast Trouble Will Find Me High Violet Boxer Alligator. He adds: “Obama winning was just like, ‘Everything is going to happen now. ... 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